The connection between blood sugar and sleep is a double-edged sword. Studies show that sleep can affect your blood sugar levels (poor sleep can increase our blood sugar levels), but interestingly enough, blood sugar levels can significantly affect your sleep as well. Fluctuations in blood sugar, either due to stress hormones or dietary choices can cause symptoms of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) as well as blood sugar dips, (hypoglycemia). These irregular patterns can cause hormones such as glucagon, growth hormone, and cortisol to be released, leaving us wide awake at night.
Solution: Having a small snack before bedtime can be a great way to keep your blood sugar balanced through the night. Additionally, a diet too high or too low in carbohydrates can cause blood sugar fluctuations, so be sure to include protein and fat along with adequate carbohydrates in your evening snack.
Some easy snacks I love that meet the criteria are:
- Golden Milk with 2 tablespoons of collagen, 1 teaspoon of ghee, and 1 tablespoon of honey.
- A small banana with Himalayan pink salt on it and 10 raw cashews.
- 1 cup full-fat yogurt of your choice, plus one tablespoon collagen and a piece of fruit.
- 1 cassava tortilla with ¼ avocado mashed with two tablespoons of collagen.
- 2 turkey slices with 1 cup fruit with 1 teaspoon melted coconut butter on top.